Shouldn’t You Buy the Most Aerodynamic Car?
With the high price of gasoline, I can safely say to you and recommend that if you are planning on purchasing a new automobile that you look for a very aerodynamic car to buy. I have a number of reasons for this and I like to go through that with you if you have a few minutes. You see, being the coordinator for a think tank which operates online we often talk about innovative designs and aerodynamic efficiency.
Yes, it makes a lot of sense for aircraft and spacecraft and things of this nature, but it also matters for your personal car even if you won’t be driving it around the track as fast as a NASCAR driver or Danica who recently qualified for the Indy 500. Did you know that after you go over 55 miles per hour the coefficient of drag curve starts going hyperbolic. That means for every few miles an hour over 55, the wind resistance becomes greater and greater requiring the car to have more power or use more fuel to get through that air.
If you are going to putt around all day in the city you may not need a very good aerodynamically designed a vehicle, rather just a very small engine. If you plan on driving more than 55 miles per hour then you will need to consider all this and the faster you go the more important it really is. Despite the high fuel costs people are still driving fairly quickly out on the highway. If you don’t drive fast with them, you are likely to get rear ended, and this will cause your insurance rates to increase, and you will not have saved any money even though you thought you were conserving fuel.
There was an interesting article recently on MSNBC [dot] com titled “Why Speed Limits are Rising – Sure, You’d Save Fuel if You Drove More Slowly. And Safety Experts Point Out that Fatalities Increase with Speed. What in the World are States Thinking?” which was posted by someone with the company handle name CarInsurance [dot] com and published on May 20, 2011. The article notes;
“Kansas recently raised the speed limit on more than 1,000 miles of divided four-lane highways to 75 mph. Louisiana reset a rural interstate to 75 mph. Ohio upped the speed on its turnpike to 70 mph. Virginia raised the speed limit on its rural interstates to 70 mph. Texas boost limits to 85 mph on highways in west Texas.”
If all these people are going to drive faster, they will need more aerodynamically efficient car bodies, or they are going to pay significantly at the gas pump. The other day a friend of mine said he wanted to get a car that looked more like the F-117 Stealth Fighter, a more boxy looking car, and he was hoping he could drive fast and perhaps not get picked up on radar.
Indeed I laughed, but then I thought what difference does it make, if you have a boxy looking car and you get poor fuel mileage you are going to pay about the same amount of money as if you get stopped every once in a while for speeding. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it, if you’re shopping for a new car.